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How did can of whipped cream kill French model?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:30am 6/23/2017 at 11:30am
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Among the trending news items this week is the tale of a freak accident that took the life of a French model and aspiring social media star.

From the Daily Mail:

A French fitness blogger has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser which hit her in the chest, giving her a...

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Moby’s New Video Shows Trump as a Swastika, Dying in an Explosion

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00pm 6/20/2017 at 1:00pm

Music star Moby has decided to showcase his hatred of President Donald Trump, becoming the latest celebrity to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon.

Moby chose to depict Trump as a Nazi leader in the video for “In This Cold Place,” who eventually meets his death as a Swastika/dollar sign in...

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Fight the Patriarchy with F*ck Trump Lipslut Lipstick

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:40pm 6/19/2017 at 7:40pm
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Lipslut, a soon to be launched lipstick brand offers an entire line one whole color of “mid-tone nude pink” lip gloss for the woman looking to change the world.

Called “F*ck Trump” (OMG SO EDGY), Lipslut was designed by a college student to “fight the patriarchy” and “empower women everywhere”. This is...

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Carrie Fisher’s Autopsy Found Cocaine, Heroin in Her System

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 4:30pm 6/19/2017 at 4:30pm
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Star Wars star Carrie Fisher’s autopsy showed cocaine and heroin in her system when she passed away last December. From ABC 7:

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine...

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Supreme Court Rules Trademark Ban on Offensive Speech is Unconstitutional

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:30pm 6/19/2017 at 2:30pm
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The Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 that it is unconstitutional for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to not register offensive names under the federal trademark law’s disparagement clause.

The Asian-American band The Slants did not receive a trademark due to this clause, which the justices found violated free speech. From CNN:

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Celebrating Freedom on Juneteenth

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:00pm 6/19/2017 at 1:00pm

I first blogged about Juneteenth last year. As I noted then, the day’s significance is almost criminally under appreciated.

This year though, I’m thrilled to see more national publications commemorating the 19th of June. Juneteenth even received the Heavy treatment.

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Robert Hayden for Father’s Day: “what did I know / of love’s austere and lonely offices?”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 5:30pm 6/18/2017 at 5:30pm
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It’s Father’s Day, a sort of poor stepchild to Mother’s Day, although fathers themselves are hardly that. They are central to a family.

Just ask the people who never had one, or who had a difficult relationship with theirs. Or ask the people who were nurtured in the strength of a father’s...

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Did an Arizona Garage Hide a Jackson Pollock Painting?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4:30pm 6/17/2017 at 4:30pm
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J. Levine Auction & Appraisal CEO Josh Levine believes his firm discovered a Jackson Pollock painting in a garage in Sun City, AZ, that included items from the estate of Jenifer Gordon Cosgriff, a New York art collector.

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The piece Levine credits to Pollock is an untitled gouache in...

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To disrupt like the Left, or not to disrupt: that is the question (Reader Poll)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:30am 6/17/2017 at 11:30am

Shakespeare in the Park’s horrific and offensive rendition of Julius Caesar with Caesar as President Trump being killed has created a lot of controversy, and some advertisers have pulled...

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Scientists in Antartica Discover 118-Year-Old Painting by British Explorer

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30am 6/17/2017 at 10:30am
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Scientists found a painting by famous British explorer Dr. Edward Wilson in one of the first structures built on Antartica. Wilson painted the artwork in 1899. From Sky News:

The almost perfectly-preserved artwork was painted by Dr Edward Wilson, a British polar explorer who died in Antarctica with his expedition leader Captain...

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Amazon Will Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:30pm 6/16/2017 at 2:30pm
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Amazon has purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, which will allow the online giant to step into the grocery store sector. Amazon officials have stated in the past they want to expand into groceries. From Bloomberg:

Amazon agreed to pay $42 a share in cash for the organic-food chain, including debt, a...

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Dolce & Gabbana Trolls Those Who Boycotted the Company Over Melania Trump

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:00pm 6/15/2017 at 3:00pm
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Dolce & Gabbana have no problem dressing First Lady Melania Trump. Co-founder Stefano Gabbano likes to show off Melania’s D&G outfits on his social media accounts.

Well, Melania haters have tried to start a campaign to urge people to boycott the high scale fashion label. Domenico Dolce and Gabbana have decided to...

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Florida Minor League Baseball Team Will Offer Pregnancy Tests for Father’s Day

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00pm 6/15/2017 at 12:00pm
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Florida man! Florida woman! Florida….baseball team? Florida has never disappointed us with its people and creatures. Now a minor league baseball team has jumped into the mix!

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp plans to hand out free pregnancy tests at Thursday’s night game. From The Miami Herald:

The Florida minor-league team will have two...

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Post-baseball shooting: Getting off the rhetorical merry-go-round

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:00am 6/15/2017 at 10:00am

Wednesday’s baseball shooting left several injured and one dead.

In things I never thought I’d say, I must agree with both President Trump and Sen. McCaskill — unity, not division should be the goal at this day’s end.

It’s impossible to ignore the toxic political polarization or that as Professor Jacobson discussed...

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Indigenous Advocates Want UN to Outlaw Cultural Appropriation

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00am 6/14/2017 at 7:00am

The progressive concept of cultural appropriation has gone international. A group of advocates for indigenous peoples wants the United Nations to make the practice a crime. What could go wrong?

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Closing the curtain on “Presidential Assassination Theater”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:25pm 6/13/2017 at 7:25pm
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I recently noted there was a bizarre rendition of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Julius Caesar, in which the title character resembled President Donald Trump.

What I did not report at the time is that I called my banking institution of 19 years, Bank of America, and warned them that their continued sponsorship of...

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Delta and Bank of America Pull Sponsorship from Bizarre Trump Rendition of Julius Caesar

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 12, 2017 at 12:30pm 6/12/2017 at 12:30pm
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Last week, Leslie blogged about the bizarre rendition of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar wherein Caesar is played by a man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Trump.

Consequently, Delta and Bank of America have pulled corporate sponsorship from New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park.

From the New York Times:

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